Before & After School Program


Our Programs

  • Before & After School Care
  • School Holiday Program
  • Malkara School (not operating in January 2014)

Program Aim and Philosophy

Communities@Work's School Age Care Programs aim to provide environments in which each child will feel safe and secure with opportunities to develop physically, socially and emotionally.

Before School Care

Before school care operates from 7.30 am – 9.00 am (not including school and public holidays). The children enjoy a light breakfast and are supervised in a safe environment until their school day begins.

After School Care

Our after school care programs operate during school terms from 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm daily. Each program unique in its operation by the nature of the environment and the number of children and staff.  We provide the children with a nutritious afternoon tea each day and offer a range of games and activities to extend their leisure and social opportunities.

Who can use these programs?

It is a requirement of the ACT Government that children must be enrolled in and attending primary school to register for school age care.

How much does it cost?

Before School Care: $13.50 - $20.00 per session permanent booking; $14.50 - $21.00 per session casual booking

After School Care: $25.50 - $27.00 per session permanent booking; $27.50 - $29.00 per session casual booking

Child Care Benefit: (CCB) is available in the form of a subsidised fee. Assessment is available by application to the Department of Human Services (DHS) by phoning 136 150.

Child Care Rebate: The Child Care Rebate (CCR) is a payment made to families by the Australian Government that helps working/studying/or training parents/guardians with the cost of child care. The rebate will be paid quarterly, as an annual lump sum, weekly or fortnightly into families' bank accounts, or weekly or fortnightly directory to the centre as a fee reduction.

What is a permanent booking?

A permanent booking is a regular booking that may be for a particular day or every day of each week.

If you need to cancel a booking, then one week's notice is required:

Attention:  Children's Services Enrolments Team
Postal address: PO Box 1066, Tuggeranong, ACT, 2901
Phone: 1300 212 273

What is a casual booking?

Casual booking is not a regular booking for fixed days.  It's for those times when families need occasional care.

Bookings must be made:
Before School Care: Prior to 12 midday the day before the required care.
After School Care: Prior to 12 midday on the day of care
If you need to cancel a casual booking, then one week's notice is required.

Payment Information

Payment arrangements are via Ezidebit Australia who provide two options of payment:

  • Option 1: Direct Debit
  • Option 2: Credit Card

No cash or EFTPOS facilities are available.

Enrolments will not be processed without the Ezidebit Payment Authorisation Form (this is included in the SAC Enrolment Pack).


As places are limited, enrolments will be processed on a "first in - first served" basis. Please be aware all enrolments cease on the final day of term four (4) each year. All families are required to re-enrol and reapply for positions for the following year, with positions being offered on a first in basis.  Enrolment forms for the following year will be available from the website during term four (4).


  • SAC Enrolment Pack  2014 (for all new families and existing families who have made changes to their 2013 details or adding additional children will need to complete this pack. All Amaroo, Harrison, Ngunnawal and Palmerston families are also required to complete this pack)
  • Neville Bonner, Burgmann & Forde Primary School 2014 SAC Enrolment Pack
  • SAC Booking Agreement 2014 (only to be completed by families that have held a permanent booking through December 2013, excluding Amaroo, Harrison, Ngunnawal and Palmerston Programs who are required to complete the Enrolement Pack 2014)
  • SAC Ezidebit Payment Authorisation Form
  • SAC Booking Amendment Form
  • SAC Change of Details Form

If you would like to talk with our team, find out a little more about the program or to arrange a visit to a program, please contact our team.

Inclusion Support

Inclusion support aims to assist all school age care programs to build on their capacity to create inclusive environments for all children, specifically those with additional needs.

For further information please contact our school age care Inclusive Educator Coordinator on 6293 6346. or go to Communities@Work's: Before & After School Care